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Old 05-10-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: AZ
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Hey all,

I'm looking for a portable harddrive. The reason I say portable is because I don't want it to take up much room on my computer desk.
My ol' computer's getting slow - unbearable. I've tried everything from spyware scans, to virus scans, to deleting unnecessary files, etc etc, and it did nothing.

I have a laptop, and it only comes with a 250 GB harddrive. I don't want to bog down my laptop's HDD, so I'm thinking of using this portable HDD as a very often used secondary drive, I'd go so far as to say it'd be almost like a primary drive. It'll mainly be used to store music, videos, pictures...pretty much all my media. (I tend to keep my iTunes organized )

Here's what I'm looking for. Something very "portable" and small, meaning I don't be looking at a huge ugly block; 250+ GB storage, ~$100 price range, good transfer rate (since it'll be pretty much a primary drive), and good "ventilation"...I don't want this thing to melt on me if I'm going to be watching a movie or a music video off of it.

Thanks!
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:52 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I'm just bumping this because I'm in kind of a hurry to order one, since I want to get this all set up for my summer classes! Thanks!
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:00 PM
 
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I like the Western Digital Passport or the Seagate FreeAgent drives. They're based on 2.5" laptop hard drives so they're small and run off USB power alone.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:43 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I like the Western Digital Passport or the Seagate FreeAgent drives. They're based on 2.5" laptop hard drives so they're small and run off USB power alone.
Thanks for the reply!

I looked at the WD vs. the SG drives, and I'm thinking the Seagate Freeagent Go is the best choice for me from what I see. I think I'd go with the 250 GB version, since all my media files so far only take up about 60 GB. Also, it seems to have the fastest transfer and write time.

So, with this, are you telling me that it would be perfectly safe to use at all times? Like I said in my original post, I'm thinking of using at pretty much as a primary drive...
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:44 PM
 
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They run pretty cool and should last as long or longer than a 2.5" drive that's enclosed in a hot laptop. That said, always backup your data because any drive can fail at any time for any (or no) reason.
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:05 PM
 
Location: AZ
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They run pretty cool and should last as long or longer than a 2.5" drive that's enclosed in a hot laptop. That said, always backup your data because any drive can fail at any time for any (or no) reason.
Very true. I just don't want anything to melt on me. Haha
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:07 PM
 
Location: OB
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Default Maxtor OneTouch 4-Mini

They are small. 4.5"x3"x.5". They're built tough and durable as I drop mine all the time and it still works. Chic looking too.

Maxtor One Touch 4 Mini | Maxtor.com
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh--Home of the 6 time Super Bowl Champions!
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I have a Seagate Free Agent...I like it!
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I like the Western Digital Passport.
I use the passport for our laptop and find it to very ok. To save money
I suggest that you checkout the WD Refub drives & model closeouts that
Western Digital offers on their web site. My passport was a model
closeout and my two WD desk drives are refubs all bought from WD
directly from their site. Saved a bundle of money and got a warranty
to boot.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:00 AM
 
Location: AZ
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I ended up ordering a Seagate FreeAgent (250 GB), for $75, free shipping. Hope it works out well! Thanks for the replies!
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